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Who was Paulus Jagadich?

Update: after this post was published on May 21st, it was shared widely on social media. A librarian from Croatia got in touch on May 22nd to inform us that the manuscripts in question are from Zagreb. They are, according to her, “Cantuale/Passionale Zagrabiense, sign. III d 181 from the Archives of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zagreb (Croatia) (the one with the signature of Paulus Jagattich who was a canonicus of the Zagreb Cathedral); and Missale Zagrabiense, sign. IV c 59, also from the Archives of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (the one with the crucifixion before Te igitur). ” Note that I had mistranscribed the name of the canonicus as Jagadich (mea culpa). ~Christina Linklater, Keeper of the Isham Memorial Library

Recently, we noticed a curious record for one of Isham Memorial Library’s microfilms.

This HOLLIS record describes a microfilm of a mysterious manuscript from Eastern Europe. The library where the original manuscript resides is not identified, nor are any identifying numbers given.

The HOLLIS record for Isham Memorial Library microfilm 3522.232.55.1.

Upon loading the film into the microform reader, Isham staff discovered that the 16th-century chronicle component was 14 folios long and bound in at the front of the manuscript The missal that follows is about 200 folios and includes a page signed Paulus Jagadich, Can.cus Zagrabinss, 1629.

Pages from an unidentified manuscript on a microfilm at the Isham Memorial Library.

Isham Lib. 3522.232.55.1

Where does this manuscript come from? And when? Who was Paulus Jagadich? Isham’s 40,000 microfiches, microfilms and microcards reproduce the holdings of countless libraries, and to walk among the microform stacks is to take a virtual tour of Europe and North America. How frustrating not to know whether this film comes from a library with other Isham holdings that this film could live among — the microforms are organized by holding library, by and large: the British Library in one case, the Bibliothèque nationale de France in another, and so forth. Not to have a RISM number or shelfmark for the original is frustrating. Suggestions will be gratefully received.

Scans for this post were created by Natasha Roule; prose was written by the Keeper of the Isham Memorial Library Christina Linklater.

“Sweetly ululate”: the Lou Harrison collection

The coincidence of the anniversary, in June, of the events leading to the gay liberation movement in the United States, and the centennial of the birth of the composer, activist and gay icon Lou Harrison, in 2017, affords us the opportunity to highlight some important Harrison materials at the Loeb Music Library.

Lou Harrison was born in Portland, Oregon in 1917. His family moved to northern California in 1926 and most of Harrison’s career would be spend there, studying with Henry Cowell at San Francisco State College and with Arnold Schoenberg at UCLA, and teaching at Mills College, UCLA and other institutions. Travels in Asia and study of Asian instruments (Korean double-reed p’iri, Chinese psaltery, Indonesian gamelan) inspired a compositional style which incorporated Asian and Western styles and instruments. Harrison’s contributions to gay culture include several works for gay choruses, the best known of which is Three Songs, commissioned by the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus in 1985. Another commission from the same group in 1988 was a reworking of Harrison’s opera Young Caesar, to which he added several choruses.

The Music Library’s collection of Lou Harrison materials covers the years 1945 to 1991, with most items dating from the 1970s and 1980s. There are musical manuscripts and drafts, poems and drawings, and correspondence with Virgil Thomson and Alan Hovhaness.

There are several drafts of the Young Caesar revision.

A draft of Scene 4 of Young Caesar, Lou Harrison's opera adapted for the Portland Gay Men's Chorus.

Ms. Coll. 132, Merritt Room

And many items in the collection show Harrison’s distinctive music and text handwriting. This draft of the Introitus from the Mass for St. Cecilia’s Day, for example, includes three unrelated poems: “The Lady Tamma lived in Palmyra”, “Rain in New Zealand, ” “Love is made of lust.”

This draft, for the Introitus of Lou Harrison's Mass for St. Cecilia, also includes three poems and some notes, all in Harrison's distinctive hand.

Ms. Coll. 132, Merritt Room

Links to this archival collection and to other collections of Lou Harrison materials may be found in his Wikipedia article, here. We regularly add links to Isham’s archival collections in Wikipedia, and hope you will feel free to add links yourself or to suggest that we do so, so that others may easily discover Isham’s collections. 

Isham Memorial Library is the special collections unit within the Loeb Music Library. Many of its materials are in open stacks, with rare and unique items held in the locked Merritt Room. To view Merritt Room materials, use your Special Collections Request Account. As Isham is not always fully staffed it is advisable to wait for a confirmation message from a staff member before you plan your visit.

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